Campus Culture

Dynamic, diverse and intellectually vibrant, Colby places inclusiveness, equality of opportunity, civic engagement, arts and creativity, and healthy, active lifestyles among its highest values.

Making the fullest Colby experience available to all students is among our highest priorities. A faculty-led task force on diversity, inclusion, and equity, convened in 2015, has issued recommendations that are now being implemented across Colby, an effort led by Colby’s first chief diversity officer—Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94.
Colby is becoming increasingly appealing to the world’s most-talented students. Applicants to Colby have now surpassed 11,000, a number that has doubled since 2014, as more students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds recognize our distinctive academic programs, extraordinary faculty, and unique campus experience.
A vibrant arts culture with outstanding resources is attracting accomplished and academically curious students, many of whom will major outside the arts but still bring intellectual and creative energy to Colby. A center for arts and innovation, now in planning, will unite our liberal arts mission with expected and unexpected disciplines to unlock new, transformative models of teaching and learning.
Maine is an ideal setting for a healthy, active life. With state-of-the-art fields both existing and in progress, a 350,000-square-foot athletic center slated to open in 2020, and new programs to promote exploring and enjoying the natural environment, Colby is integrating wellness into the student experience in ways only Colby can.
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